KOLKATA — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday she wanted to see a female US president during her lifetime — but insisted she was ready to “get off the high wire” of top-level politics.
“I hope so. I really want to see that in my lifetime,” Clinton said during a town hall meeting at a girls school in India’s Kolkata, when asked about the prospects of a woman taking America’s top job for the first time.
Clinton praised India’s “great display of women empowerment” due to the prominent role played by female politicians over the years but said that in the US “we still have a pretty hard glass ceiling that has not been broken at the presidential level.”
The former First Lady and New York senator, who was beaten by President Barack Obama for the 2008 Democratic nomination, reiterated that she was not interested in another shot in 2016.
“I have been active in high-level politics for last 20 years. I feel it’s time for me to get off the high wire,” she said. “I would like to come to India and wander without streets being closed and a lot of security.”
Clinton said the path to the US presidency was extremely tough, especially for women.
Source: New York Post